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Blood for the Master

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2012 album from the Death/Thrash Metal band. Over the course of nearly 15 years and an incalculable amount of tour miles, New Orleans' own Goatwhore have inadvertently established themselves as one the most diligent and consistently ferocious bands of the 21st century. Exhibiting a labyrinth of moods and meticulous tempo shifts, Blood For The Master is streamlined without ever rendering itself predictable. As memorable as it is menacing, the band's fifth full-length quite literally writhes under the weight of its own deviant heaviness. Led by the traditionally iconoclastic sermons of the leather-throated Falgoust, and made whole by its mammoth guitar tone, unconditional drum/bass battery and Duets intermittent snarls of wrath, the record again challenges God's legitimacy/authority while further exploring the ritual of death.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Collapse in Eternal Worth
  2. When Steel and Bone Meet
  3. Parasitic Scriptures of the Sacred Word
  4. In Deathless Tradition
  5. Judgement of the Bleeding Crown
  6. Embodiment of This Bitter Chaos
  7. Beyond the Spell of Discontent
  8. Death to the Architects of Heaven
  9. An End to Nothing
  10. My Name Is Frightful Among the Believers


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • ASIN: B006MGC3UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Scott Rosenbluth on February 19, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If Goatwhore's new album was a meal, it would be a bloody rare steak and baked potatoes. The sound of Blood for the Master falls somewhere between Carving out the Eyes of God, any Hellhammer album, and Dissection's classic Storm of Light's Bane. This is a straight ahead metal album that drives forward with psychotic precision and lays waste the template of modern death metal, by kicking it right between the eyes. The forcefullness of the tracks removes all the unnecessary garbage, (overdrumming, guitar acrobatics, vocal histrionics) and leaves only bare bones rocking. The four stars are only for the fact that some of the riffs seem a little forced, not exactly puzzle piece fitting, but for this style of music it seems to work. Goatwhore rip, others wish they could rock so hard with so little effort, but only Goatwhore balance skill and raw power so effectively.
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I will keep this review short... but let me just say wow!!!! type in goatwhore collapse of eternal worth youtube...listen and watch. the album contains this breed of ferocity through out its length. so if you are into this song, then trust me and buy this album, it will not let you down. if you listen and watch this on you tube and are not into it, then don't buy it.... (but if you do buy it after not liking the video/audio... please don't bad review it, and say, compare it to some other band (esp, bands such as radio bands...metallica, disturbed, yadda, yadda, yadda.....because you are just playing the part of a fool).
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Goatwhore's fifth release, 2012's "Blood For the Master" is a purely savage and intense blackened death/thrash onslaught that picks right up where their 2009 masterpiece "Carving Out the Eyes of God" (my favorite album of theirs) left off, and it finds the band doing exactly what they do best. From the deliciously vicious and brutally pummeling opening of "Collapse in Eternal Worth" to the brutal closing moments of "My Name is Frightful Among the Believers", this album is a near 40 minute, ten track masterpiece of pure, no holds barred, extreme blackened death/thrash metal brutality and mayhem that puts the pedal to the metal and never takes it's foot off the gas for one single minute. Every song here is a highlight. The production on this album which is handled once again by Erik Rutan is just nothing short of outstanding. There's really no denying that Rutan always brings out the absolute best in Goatwhore anytime he works with them. And of course, the band's musicianship as always is in full force throughout this album. Vocalist Ben Falgoust is consistently heard throughout the album, spewing out his ferocious, spine-tingling, black metal-esque vocals that are just like pure venom to the ears, and meanwhile, guitarist Sammy Duet is on absolute fire on here as he lays out a barrage of ripping, shredding, blood pumping riffs as well as some nice melodic leads and killer solos being thrown in as well for good measure. Elsewhere, James Harvey's grumbling bass is nicely heard throughout the album, and of course drummer Zack Simmons pummels his way relentlessly through these ten songs with his tight, punishing, and impeccable blast beat drumming thus rounding things off very perfectly.Read more ›
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Goatwhore employ most of their usual tools on their fifth record, 2012's "Blood For The Master." Reading in between the lines, it is a blackened death-thrash album tinged with grindcore, hardcore, and crust punk elements. Ben Falgoust is heard spewing his skin-crawling black metal vocals like venom over his band's impossibly tight musicianship. This involves ripping, blood-pumping guitar shredding and solid, grumbling bass lines. Plus, Zach Simmons is still one of the tightest, and most punishing drummers found in modern-day extreme metal. All of which combine to form a completely blown-out, forty-minute-long blast of chaotic bombast.

But there is more to this album than just destruction of the senses. For starters, Goatwhore tunefulness and musicality are a more integral part in the mix this time around. Meaning that yes, the band most certainly is first and foremost and extremely fast, evil, bludgeoning, and dissonant one; but there are some actual, honest-to-god melodies and grooves to be found, here. Next up, "Blood For The Master" disregards the group's usual trademark use of doom metal influence (and there are no doomy breakdowns anywhere in these ten songs). And finally, "Blood" continues where the last record left off in that it brings back Sammy Duet's exceptional guitar solos.

The album shoots out of the starting gate at lightning-fast speed, as "Collapse In Eternal Worth" layers gobs of excellent, buzzsaw-fast riffing on top of equally-as-blistering drumming (i.e. pummeling blast beats and racing thrash beats). Some memorable vocal patterns, including some Lamb Of God-worthy deathly vocals, also highlight this opener. "When Steel And Bone Meet" has plenty of crunchy, Morbid Angel-esque riffs, but its real highlight is its good, whammy-bar-pedal-drenched guitar solo.
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This album is basically a whole album of all my favorite types of songs from their last LP, Carving Out the Eyes of God. Which is a great thing in my opinion. The songs on this one are really thrashy but still that signature GoatWhore Southern American Black Metal sound. There has been a lot of great metal releases over the past few weeks, but I keep coming back to this album the most. So if you like the more thrash metal side of GoatWhore then you'll love this album as much as I do.
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